End of December 2016
Just made this coffee before sitting down at my desk. I bought the coffee in Croatia and the pot in Bosnia. The Croatians call it Croatian coffee and the Bosnians call it Bosnian coffee, but they all agree it is basically Turkish coffee, which the region fell in love with during the Ottoman rule. In Bosnia I was told by two different sources that I should put the finely ground coffee in the pot and then place it on a hot burner to lightly roast before pouring boiling water into the pot. Then put the pot back on the burner until the contents boil but not over boil. Let the coffee settle and then pour into cup. The directions on the bag of Croatian coffee do not mention roasting/toasting the ground coffee first. I really enjoy making it as a treat for myself. I have some rose infused Turkish delight to go with it which I'm saving until there's time to recover from all the holiday eating. I tasted it in Sarajevo and loved how it immediately transported me to a fragrant rose garden.
In late September, we had to take down one of the tall rock oaks in the woodland behind the house.
The tree died from white rot and I can't help but wonder if the unusual bend in the tree trunk played a role in its eventual death. Probably not. The tree seemed perfectly fine a couple of years ago, and then last year we noticed all the bare limbs at the top. This past Spring it has no foliage at all. Very disturbing. Here is a collage showing two views just before it was cut down.
I need to look up the name of the showy weed below. I see it along the road around farm fields and along trails in the park. I love the bright red stalks and dark berries and enjoyed photographing them.
I recently added the Diana photo app to my editing tool box. It allows one to very easily create double exposures from photos on smart phones or tablets. The tools are easy to learn and so much fun. I feel like a kid who got a nifty new toy from Santa. Here are a couple of images I worked on last night. The primary image was me in my kitchen (taken a few years ago). I used a image of the kitchen and combined it with an image of another room in the house. In the second photo it looks as though I am outside passing by the kitchen window. The black and white is my favorite.
And here's another effect with Cupid in the conservatory.
Happy Holidays to Everyone!